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Using 5th gear
19-04-2013, 08:53 PM,
Post: #1
Using 5th gear
Hello all,

Just wondering what sort of speeds you are reaching before engaging 5th gear. I usually only put it in 5th when the speed is 40mph ish. I have a 1.9 DW8B Multispace year 2000 X plate.

Read somewhere that if you use 5th at too low a speed it will wear the gearbox quicker. What are your views? Many thanks, Dave.
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19-04-2013, 09:07 PM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
On the level I can drive in 5th @ 30mph. Generally 40mph is good on gentle climbs only.
At the end of the day I use the gear the old girl feels happiest at.Icon_thumrightIcon_salut
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19-04-2013, 09:13 PM,
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I have 2.0 hdi and sometimes mine used to struggle coping in 4th doing 30mph as it was too slow. I bought a tuning box a couple of days ago and am still experimenting with the different maps as settings but now I can do 25mph in 4th and even 30mph in 5th. I'm hoping this will maybe improve mpg even though I'm happy with existing mpg
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19-04-2013, 09:52 PM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
at 35mp in town i use 5th. if i need to accelerate i go into 4th to 50-55mph then go to 5th. 5th is useless at accelerating.
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20-04-2013, 06:41 AM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
Whatever speed feels comfortable depending on conditions. there is no hard and fast rule.
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20-04-2013, 07:00 AM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
(19-04-2013, 09:07 PM)ron Wrote:  On the level I can drive in 5th @ 30mph. Generally 40mph is good on gentle climbs only.
At the end of the day I use the gear the old girl feels happiest at.Icon_thumrightIcon_salut

Same here, drive in the highest gear it wont struggle with, save petrol.
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20-04-2013, 08:01 AM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
If your centre display will give a real-time MPG figure use that to guage .If the motor is labouring the mpg will drop
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20-04-2013, 09:19 AM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
That's exactly my take on it - sometimes the results surprise, and you actually start to appreciate why a modern autobox may be shifting like it does.
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20-04-2013, 06:41 PM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
I have read many places that state 'change into the highest gear as quick as possible'.
Very bad advice. An engine that is labouring will use more fuel.

In general:
30mph = 3rd
The correct gear gives you more control and allows the engine to run more economically.
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20-04-2013, 10:57 PM,
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RE: Using 5th gear
(20-04-2013, 06:41 PM)MudFT Wrote:  I have read many places that state 'change into the highest gear as quick as possible'.
Very bad advice. An engine that is labouring will use more fuel.

In general:
30mph = 3rd
The correct gear gives you more control and allows the engine to run more economically.
MK2 HDi. I find if its a 30mph zone, stay in 3rd. If you try and speed, engine sounds like it it is over reving. It helps to stay in the legal zone.
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